Hundreds of hopefuls in the Congress have begun lobbying in the right earnest to corner PCC posts and other nominated posts in the State.
Having achieved some sort of stability after the Union Cabinet expansion where AP got a fair share of berths, the focus of the party organisation has now shifted to strengthening of the APCC and grassroots.
The leadership agrees that the challenge for Congress in AP now is to strengthen the party cadres, especially in the wake of political activism by rivals like TDP and YSR Congress.
The party higher-ups want to resort to a short-cut of filling up the nominated posts that would come to some 10,000 and also fill-up the PCC hierarchy, which has been pending since Botsa Satyanarayana was put at the helms. Botsa had made several attempts to get a go ahead from the party high command to reorganise the committee after taking charge, but all his attempts went in vain owing to different reasons. “The reorganisation of APCC and 23 district Congress committees are pending since a very long time. Our president tried many times to reconstitute these committees. Many political reasons like continuous by-elections in the State and other reasons delayed the entire process. But, the Union Cabinet expansion has paved the way for the high command to undertake this process,” APCC general secretary G Niranjan told Postnoon on Monday.
As far nominated posts are concerned, many party leaders and hopefuls have already made the rounds of the State top leaders including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa. Lobbying is in full swing. “I have met the CM and requested him to appoint me as the chairman of BC Commission. I hope that he will respond positively to my request,” said senior party leader and former BC Commission member Dr V Krishnamohan Rao. Another Congress leader Pyata Ramesh hoped that the party high command would speed up the process of filling up of nominated posts as its hands are free now. A few days ago, the CM met party high command leaders in Delhi and held discussions with them on filling up of these posts as well.
Senior Leaders aim high
On the other hand, many senior party leaders are hoping to get promotions at the AICC level including membership of Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision makes body of the congress party. These leaders include Former PCC president D Srinivas, Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao, and AICC secretary and MLC P Sudhakar Reddy. Rumours are already doing the rounds that D Srinivas may be appointed as AICC general secretary in recognition of his services to the party. Attempts are also being made by the party high command to convince party MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, who resigned from his MP seat after not getting a cabinet berth, by offering him the CWC membership.
Banda eyeing S’bad again, threatens to quit
Former mayor Banda Karthika Reddy, who had unsuccessfully lobbied with her Congress party for the Secunderabad Assembly seat last time, is now lobbying for the same with a veiled threat of joining the YSRC if it is denied to her.
Sources said that she would switch her party loyalty to the YSRC as the Congress was not in favour of her. But she would first pressurise the party afresh before crossing over.
A keen contest for the seat is likely between her and the incumbent Jayasudha.